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The owner of a private bus in Noida claimed that he had been issued a fine of Rs. 500 allegedly because the driver of the bus was “not wearing a helmet”.

Nirankar Singh stated the online challan was made on September 11 and one of his staff checked it on Friday, September 20. Singh further said he could be contesting the penalty in courtroom if needed.

The town-based transporter said his son takes care of the transport enterprise and they have about 40 to 50 buses that are engaged with faculties and personal firms in Noida and Greater Noida.

“My concern is that such a mistake reflects poorly on the Transport Department,” Singh told PTI.

 “It raises questions on the working of such a responsible department and makes people wonder about the authenticity of other hundreds of challans being issued daily,” he added. 

“I will be taking up the matter with officials concerned and will approach the court of law if the need be,” he further said.

Officials, meanwhile, said the matter was being looked into and an error, if any, would be rectified.

“The challan was issued by an official of the Transport Department and not the Noida traffic police,” the official added.

The same bus had been earlier penalized four times for seat-belt violations, according to the official. 

Nirankar Singh argued that if it was a seat-belt offence, then the challan ought to point out seat belt and not helmet. “If there is any error on our part, we will pay a penalty for that, but it has to be genuine,” he stated.

The challan was issued under the provisions of the new Motor Vehicles Act. Transporters in the National Capital Region had called for a strike on Thursday, September 19 to protest the high rates of penalties under the amended law.

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